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Recap of Sarah Palin’s Many, MANY Lies

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The many lies of Sarah Palin continue to emerge in "Going Rogue: An American Life."

The lies of Sarah Palin are different from any other politicians’. They are different because they assert things that are demonstrably, empirically untrue; and they are different because once they have been demonstrated to the entire world that they are untrue, Palin keeps repeating them as if they still were true or refuses to acknowledge that she was wrong.

Once again … here are the lies I mean. Go through them. See if you think they are Clintonian type parsings of the truth or artful political hedging or anything like what we find in most pols. They really are not. They are functions of delusion and a worldview that wants things to be a certain way and cannot absorb that they are not. If you find the slightest error or come across a fact that we should add to this list of current lies, please let us know. We want this list to be as accurate as Palin is delusional. We want to create some template of easily-accessible reality as some kind of guard against the fantasies and fabulisms of our post-modern and fundamentalist age.

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Book Deal Ends for “Renegade: Sarah Palin’s Hatchet Man”

Frank Bailey was former Alaska governor Sarah Palin's director of boards and commissions.

Frank Bailey was former Alaska governor Sarah Palin's director of boards and commissions.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A California publicist and two co-authors have terminated a book deal with a former aide of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

San Diego-based Releve Marketing and PR announced Tuesday it will no longer represent or co-author Frank Bailey‘s upcoming book “Renegade: Sarah Palin’s Hatchet Man.”

Christiana Grace, company co-owner and one of the co-authors, says she can’t elaborate on the reasons for the termination. But she adds it was not a falling out with Bailey, her close friend since college.

Bailey could not be reached for comment.

Bailey was embroiled in Troopergate, the investigation of Palin’s firing of her police commissioner over allegations he wouldn’t fire a trooper who went through a contentious divorce from Palin’s sister.

Associated Press

Troopergate Figure Files For Alaska Governor Run

French says he is filing paperwork Wednesday to run for governor.

Alaska State Senator Hollis French says he is filing paperwork Wednesday to run for governor.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — State Sen. Hollis French, a major figure in last fall’s Troopergate investigation, has filed paperwork to run for governor of Alaska.

The Democrat oversaw the investigation that looked into former Gov. Sarah Palin’s firing of her public safety commissioner.

Palin fired Walt Monegan in July 2008. State lawmakers launched a $100,000 investigation to determine if Palin dismissed Monegan because he would not fire her ex-brother-in-law, a state trooper who was involved in a messy custody battle with Palin’s sister.

The investigation concluded Palin did abuse her power of office but the firing was legal because Monegan was an at-will employee.

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Half-Baked in Alaska: Palin’s 11th Hour “Troopergate” Exoneration Was a Lie

Award-winning journalist Geoffrey Dunn, writing for the Huffington Post, examines the unanswered questions left by the differening investigative findings into the Troopergate scandal of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. 

It was surely an odd bit of timing on Monday, November 3–just hours before one of the biggest presidential elections in American history–that the Alaska State Personnel Board issued a finding by its chief investigator, Timothy J. Petumenos, that Republican vice-presidential candidate and Alaska governor, Sarah Palin, did not breach state ethics laws when she fired Alaska public safety commissioner Walt Monegan in July of this year.

This last minute finding appeared to exonerate Palin of any legal culpability in the so-called “Troopergate” scandal that dogged her throughout her ill-fated, two-month run on the Republican ticket. Palin boldly claimed it a “vindication,” while headlines throughout the world declared that she had been “cleared” of any wrongdoing.

That was hardly the case. Composed entirely of political appointees–and all Republican–the Personnel Board was hell-bent on clearing Palin from the get-go. Its findings were neither final nor impartial. And they leave many questions about her behavior, along with that of her husband’s and her staff’s, unanswered.

Perhaps the most significant questions that remain are whether or not Governor Palin and her husband, Todd, committed perjury in their sworn affidavits to the personnel board.

There is significant circumstantial evidence that they did.

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Gov. Sarah Palin’s Poll Numbers are Slipping in Alaska: Palin Remains Popular But Not Like Before

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin

In a recent poll conducted from September 20 to 22 in Alaska by the Anchorage Daily News, Governor Sarah Palin’s favorability ratings, while still high, are beginning to slip.  This is probably due in large part to the Troopergate ethics investigation continuing to dominate the news, as well as the many controversies and scandals surrounding the governor. 

Anchorage pollster/consultant Ivan Moore has a new poll out from 500 likely Alaska voters. While Gov. Palin’s popularity remains very high – 68 percent overall give her a positive rating – Moore sees serious slippage among Democrats/progressives, a smaller but significant drop among non-partisans/moderates, and little or no change among Republicans/conservatives.

Here’s Moore’s e-mail, under the heading “THE HONEYMOON IS COMING TO AN END”:

In a new survey conducted September 20-22, Ivan Moore Research finds Sarah Palin’s positive-negative rating in Alaska taking a real hit, for the first time since Palin was elected in November 2006. The survey was conducted with 500 likely voters in the State of Alaska, for a margin of error of 4.4%. The track of the last five Palin ratings is as follows, along with a comparison point from January 2008:

The mid-July poll was fielded just after the Trooper Wooten controversy broke. The positive rating of 76% was down from previous measures in the 80’s. Despite negative press from the Troopergate issue, the subsequent three polls through the end of September showed Palin’s positive rating steadily increasing, and her negative steadily dropping. But in the last three weeks, we’ve seen damage, with a swing of 14 points from her positive to her negative.

Breakdowns by party affiliation and political ideology for the last two surveys are illustrative of the internal dynamics:

We’re seeing the numbers cratering among ideological progressives and registered Democrats, probably indicative of the impact of the harsher tone Palin has adopted on the national campaign trail, and the growing fallout from Troopergate. Damage is also significant among moderates and non-affiliated voters, while Republicans and conservatives continue to be almost universally positive.

It should be noted, of course, that a 68-27 is still a very satisfactory rating. But it appears the days of 80 percent approvals in Alaska are over.

The Twelve Lies Of Sarah Palin

Republican vice-presidential candidate Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska.

Republican vice-presidential candidate Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska.

Just for the record, I asked an intern to go back and double fact-check the twelve documented lies that Sarah Palin has told on the public record. These are not hyperbolic claims or rhetorical excess. They are assertions of fact that are demonstrably untrue and remain uncorrected. Every single one of the lies I documented holds up after several news cycles have had a chance to vet them even further.

I know the MSM demands that we move on from the fact that someone who could be president next January has a list of public lies so extensive and indisputable that the McCain campaign has still not been able to rebut or even address any one of them, while fencing her off from the press and refusing to hold a press conference to clear the air on so many murky questions of fact that get to the core of whether this person is fit to be vice-president or president.

So for the record, let it be known that the candidate for vice-president for the GOP is a compulsive, repetitive, demonstrable liar. If you follow the links, here is the proof. I repeat: proof:

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